The late Natale Lisi and his wife, Maria, opened L'Aperitif
in 1965 after coming to the UK from Rome.
Forty six years on, L'Aperitif is still the town's only Italian
restaurant, but sons Massimo and Douglas Lisi and their mother who still works in the restaurant despite being in her 80s
never rest on their laurels and maintain the family tradition of producing authentic Italian food and some of the very best
cocktails in the world. Indeed, Massimo is revered worldwide at cocktail competitions.
With a string of awards including being voted Top Pasta Restaurant
in Britain in 2005, L'Aperitif remains a hit with diners in search of a great Italian meal.
In between making
his own bread, fresh pasta, sauces and desserts from scratch, Chef Douglas Lisi is also a catering lecturer at Dumfries and
Galloway College and works on a volunary basis promoting healthy cooking at local schools. In addition, he regularly carries
out cookery demonstrations across the region and works to give ex-offenders a new direction in life through cooking.
When Massimo Lisi joined the family business, he wanted to do something different so he introduced cocktails to liven up
the bar and has never looked back.
A member of the UK Bartenders Guild, Massimo was voted Bar Master of the Year
in Los Angeles in 1982 and recently won the National Amaretto Cocktail Award. He also represented Britain in the World Cocktail
Championships in Slovenia in 2003 and is a revered judge as international cocktail-making competitions.
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did Dumfries and Galloway's best Italian restaurant end up with a French name? Because Founder Natale Lisi named
it after his favourite restaurant in Edinburgh.